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Cafe Sol Bistro

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William Street, Kilkenny, Ireland (Formerly Cafe Sol Bistro)
+353 56 776 4987
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 16:30
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 11:30 - 16:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Lovely cheerful staff who can't do enough for you. Dinner menu was a little lacklustre though. Spicy falafel starter was ok. Nut roast main was delicious. Will be back, but for lunch perhaps instead as that has never disappointed

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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

I just cant understand the reviews about the bad service, maybe they have changed the waiting staff since but I would strongly recommend that these people should try it again Kilkenny is very lucky to have a restaurant that serves such wonderful and well presented food, Praws, chicken and cheese board all first class and all finished off with a... More 

Thank moser1
Kilkenny, Ireland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Went to Cafe Sol on a Saturday night with a group of 6. They weren't prepared for us even though we had a reservation and put us at a table that was too small for the group. The waitress never came for the order for 20 mins so we had to get up and find them. When the starters came... More 

Thank 14dan1
Dublin, Ireland
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Love this style bistro, cooking to please and quality is consistent . Have also visited Thomastown venue and food equally good and service very friendly. Not a complicated menus but delivers quality tasty food time and time again. Normally would not visit this type of place when on road but do here as service is prompt and like the fresh... More 

Thank GospelJon
Kilkenny, Ireland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Just teasty food. Every meal so far was the best I've tried in Kilkenny. Prices are reasonable as well. Selection is bit different than typical Irish restaurant.

Thank Magdalena Megi J
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Great staff. Patrick was the best. Food was top notch. We had the vegetarian meal. Lovely atmosphere.

Thank Mick S
Stoney Creek, Canada
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

An excellent small restaurant located on a tucked away side street in Kilkenny. Menu is not extensive but everything very well prepared. Good value. Thoroughly enjoyable

Thank Gary B
Kilkenny, Ireland
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

recently visited Cafe Sol for lunch and as usual it was spot on. Chicken pitta is not to be passed! So much so that I dont even look at the menu anymore when I do go there. My partner had the vegetarian wrap and wiped the plate. Creme brulee for desserts was amazing, served by Irene who is always so... More 

Thank kartrav
United States
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134 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We've gone to Cafe Sol in Kilkenny several times in the past 20 years when we have visited Kilkenny on vacation. I haven't been there in a while so the decor was quite different (I actually quite miss the former decor--and menu design-- which were both more whimsical) but service was still good as was the food. I was a... More 

Thank jerseyjoy1
Geneva, Switzerland
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Leek and potato soup was very tasty and the brown bread was very fresh. Monkfish main was cooked to perfection. Fish cakes were average, they were served with boiled potatoes which is excessive given they are already majority potato, more fish would have been better. Creme brûlée was pretty awful, texture wasn't good and hazelnuts have no place in this... More 

Thank BrianH_Geneva

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$31
Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 16:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 16:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 16:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 16:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 16:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 16:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:30
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: William Street, Kilkenny, Ireland (Formerly Cafe Sol Bistro)
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Kilkenny  >  Kilkenny
  • Phone Number: +353 56 776 4987
CAFE SOL BISTRO KILKENNY uses quality local suppliers and our dishes are prepared fresh daily from the best ingredients. We offer a great value all night menu priced at €25 for two courses and €29 for three courses (some supplements apply). Craft beers and your favourite aperitifs digestifs and cocktails are now on the menu! We welcome customer feedback - please email with any queries you may have. Thank you!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?